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Ending Charity For The NFL

However, even apart from their member teams, players, and other subsidiaries, these professional sports leagues have annual receipts of 1.7 billion dollars. The purpose of these sports leagues is not charitable. Yet, the NFL and other professional sports leagues claim tax exempt status as non-profit organizations. [...]

Minimum Wage vs. CEO Pay Puts State of the Union in Context

In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for a restoration in the minimum wage and a change to make it keep pace with inflation:

“We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns [...]

Hitting the Bottom Line: Where Activism has an Impact

Corporations are artificial entities that are constrained under law to prioritize the maximization of their stock value above all other values. This means that if people want to alter the behavior of corporations, they have to either force corporations’ behavior by changing law or by changing what corporations have to do to keep their stock [...]

Young Communist League skimming Capitalist money off Exploitive Overseas T-Shirts

Meet the Young Communist League USA.

Meet the Young Communist League’s new t-shirts for sale.

These “Smash Capitalism” shirts are sold on Zazzle’s “Value T-Shirt,” which is not made in the USA with associated worker protections but rather in an inexpensive third world factory where workers are paid pennies an hour. That’s the only [...]

Making Ganesha Green

American politicians who have abandoned climate legislation are like Ganeshas running around with their heads cut off, pursuing transient hungers without any self-restraint. [...]

Schumer Ties Profit Motive To Health Care Rationing

When the government does not serve us well, it’s because we citizens are not working with enough determination to hold it accountable. When private insurance companies do not serve us well, it’s because they’re fulfilling their missions to find a way to profit from our illnesses. [...]

One Month With Sellit AdPak: 0.6% Clickthrough, $19.41 Profit

To evaluate the usefulness of Sellit’s ADPAK advertising widget, we signed up for a month’s worth of the program’s ad placements. According to Sellit, the following widget was placed on various webpages related to health care reform for 15,000 page views over 30 days:

According to Google Analytics (the program Sellit recommends for tracking), [...]

Sellit ADPAK: 26 Days, 76 Clickthroughs, 9 Orders, $13.61 in Profit

For the past 26 days, Irregular Times has departed from its practice of not taking out advertisements in order to transparently test Sellit’s “ADPAK.” The ADPAK is a $14.99/month advertising program that designs and places an advertising widget for clients on various websites. In this case, we asked Sellit to place widgets advertising our health [...]

Zazzle Widens Lead Over CafePress After CafePress Disrespects Designers

June 2009: CafePress revokes graphic designers’ ability to set commissions for items featuring their designs on its “marketplace” search engine. Designers’ new mandated commissions are lower than before. At the same time, CafePress raises prices on customers. CafePress increases its own corporate profit margin per item at the expense of both customers and designers.

July [...]

Along the Production Line: Pakistan to Econscious to CafePress to You

Wages reported to be paid by a Lahore, Pakistan factory in 2007-2008 for a month of 48-hour work weeks making Econscious brand t-shirts: 4600 rupees a month (equivalent to US $77 a month)

Cost of a month’s rent for a family to live in a fly-infested Lahore, Pakistan slum with sewage running down the street, [...]